Battle Creek Alliance is seeking funding to continue its Citizen’s Water Monitoring Project in the rural Battle Creek watershed in eastern Shasta and Tehama counties, northeastern California. This project has collected data since 2009 to track the effects occurring from major landscape-level changes downstream of Lassen National Forest and upstream of the Sacramento River. Over 12,000 water and habitat quality samples have already been collected, which continue to be analyzed to identify ongoing cumulative effects. The project provides education to broaden community knowledge and evidence to promote resource conservation, and to protect the water supply from degradation for the local low-income rural community, as well as the larger downstream communities in the Sacramento River watershed. Battle Creek is also the site of one of the largest salmon restoration projects in the country, due to it being one of the most important fish spawning streams in the Sacramento Valley. Along with the benefits to water quality, intact forests are a crucial piece of nature that protect air quality and store carbon.
Funding is additionally needed for a lawsuit (initially filed in May 2020) which challenges the ongoing approval of logging plans which consistently state the multitude of logging plans have no significant effects. These effects include non-point source water pollution from the permanently deforested miles of logging roads as well as the hundreds of thousands of cutover acres from clearcutting and salvage logging. This is our first suit in 10 years, so is the first where we have real evidence from our water quality sampling and our research paper. We also have a second claim regarding the overall “Patterns and Practices” that the regulatory agency has used for so long to avoid honestly admitting to the cumulative impacts. We have a well-known water attorney, but he expects the case to cost 30,000.